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About Mitsunobu

Owner chef Mitsunobu develops an outstanding menu expressing our inspiration of traditional Japanese cuisine inspired by California. Our menu consists of a Kaiseki Tasting course and an array of a la carte items based on the freshest carefully chosen seasonal ingredients from local producers as well as selected Japanese producers. Our experienced and knowledgeable servers will be here to assist you in creating your own course menu combined with special selections from our sashimi bar and premium list of wine and sake.

Please note that Our Dinner Kaiseki Menu must be pre-ordered since we import ingredients from Japan. Thank you very much for undestanding in advance.

Please visit our website for more details. We guarantee you will be gratified!

325 Sharon Park Drive, Suite A2
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Sunday: 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm (Closed Last Sunday of the Month)

Cross Street:
Sand Hill Rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 234-1084

Website:
http://rmitsunobu.com/

Executive Chef:
Owner Chef: Tomo Mitsunobu

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mitsunobu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (8)
Special Occasion (7)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Seasonal (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Best. Uni. Ever.

The Santa Barbara uni they have right now is the best I've ever had. And the other fish is fresh and delicious as always... Something fun and new every time we've been there.

Love sitting at the bar and chatting with Chef Mitsunobu while we eat.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

This is one of the most superb restaurants on the Peninsula. Although very pricey, the food is exquisite -- beautifully prepared, beautifully served and delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent. Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu - it is worth every penny. We are already planning our next dinner at Mitsunobu.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Subpar food and over priced. Will never go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I have never eaten at a restaurant where our experience was so out of step with the restaurant's rating, and quality implied by their stratospheric prices. My wife and I just ate there tonight, and we both got the seven-course tasting menu. It started out well, and I thought the first three courses were almost in line with expectations. The black cod and the sashimi were excellent. But then things started going down hill. The prawn texture and taste were both very disappointing, the foie gras with custard and mushroom just didn't work very well together, and the beef soup was worse than I get at my company's cafeteria: strange-tasting broth, and tough beef, stringy in places. They also made us wait a spectacularly long time for the beef soup, and then again for the dessert; the whole meal ended up taking 2 hours, and we had to ask our babysitter to stay late. This was after I had told the restaurant four hours in advance (at reservation time) that we'd be ordering the tasting menu. There were no apologies, just "thank you for waiting" even though when the delay became apparent, we told them politely that we were in a hurry. And they never offered to make any corrections to the bill although we were clearly unhappy by the end. I've never seen a place that adds a mandatory 18% for a party of two; although they did remove that at my request (once it was clear that we'd never be returning), and we left a lesser tip.

This all would have been somewhat annoying and disappointing at a restaurant costing 1/3rd as much; but with a final bill of $320 before tip, it was jaw-dropping.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Parent’s visit with son / student

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Over priced. The prices are outrageous and the menu is all Ala Carte. Portions are small and dishes are not what you typically expect at a Japanese restaurant. I was dissatisfied. I won’t be eating here again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Consistently by far the best Japanese meal in Silicon Valley. Always a soothing pleasure to dine there.
Ken

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Mitsunobu is such a treat. We were celebrating a special event and the chefs really outdid themselves in both the presentation and the food.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Incredible and special dinner. have not ever had anything like it.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Absolutely not worth the expense. Quality of food was good but flavor was lacking. Also, strangely, all of our glassware smelled fishy, literally. It was difficult to drink our wine, beer, or water smelling that each time. Disappointing experience.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Waiting for ordered foods too long,about over one hour after we sit down

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Went for a date night. The food was delicious! Great seasonal menu. Easy parking. All-in-all an amazing place.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Awesome and the best sushi I have ever had. Should have at least 2 Michelin stars

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We enjoyed the quality authentic food. The service was very nice. The ambiance is very quiet and peaceful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

High quality food. But seriously overpriced. With unreasonably small portions. Many, many better choices in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food was sublime and the service spectacular, but at over $1000 for four people, not including tip, I'm not sure any meal is worth that price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Had remembered amazing food here from a few years ago, but disappointed this time. For $125 price tag for the set meal (note the web site says $98!) every dish should be delicious and special. Every dish was a work of art to be sure, and some were unique and superb. But some dishes featured fish that was bland and boring. So not worth the price tag, sorry to say won't be heading here again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good restaurant

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good, but extremely over priced food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

If you want to experience gourmet Tokyo dining without flying to Tokyo, visit this restaurant. Wonderful culinary experience, and lovely service to support the magic of this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The sashimi and rolls were pretty good but the tasting menu had some standout items, such as the cod.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on July 11, 2017

Food was very expensive but everything was fresh.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

quality of sushi, freshness of fishes, presentation of food. Omakase is very valuable choice

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Salty seaweed salad, limited memu, wine very expensive, limited help with ordering advice, excellent sushi and appeal of presentation, lacks atmosphere

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We expected a fine dining experience at a leisurely pace. We had preordered the prix fixe menu thinking it would be presented much in the same way as other fine dining restaurants with descriptions about each course and care about placement of the dishes. It seemed like they didn't want to describe anything except, "Here is the fish; here is the unagi over the foie gras..." No description as to origin, preparation, special ingredients or anything that would make it seem that thought and care went into the concept or preparation. At $125 per person and an 18% mandatory service charge, you'd think it would have been better than just a nice Japanese restaurant. Speaking of the service charge... I don't mind when that is done but then there was a line for "tip" on the credit card slip and I had to ask if the service charge was actually the tip and they said it was. I know some people like the option of giving an additional tip but that's what it should say (& I've seen it at other restaurants). I think it's misleading to not indicate the tip line is in addition to the tip that is already calculated on the check.

Pacing was hurried and it was obvious everything was made well in advance . Placement of each course was willy nilly with the servers reaching over members of the party to place the courses down or clear plates as opposed to walking around the table which wouldn't have been difficult . I don't blame the servers . They just clearly weren't professionals or properly trained. You'd think that a restaurant that purports itself to be a fine dining experience wouldn't have disposable wooden chopsticks but they did. Overall the food itself was good but not great.

One of us had iced green tea and asked if she would be charged another $7 for a refill and was told yes which was shocking considering the cost of the entire meal. So as a matter of principal, she didn't have a 2nd glass.

Thoroughly disappointing and definitely not returning.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Awesome food, only the best ingredients and well-balanced flavors.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I was prepared to be blown away. I was prepared to pay top money to experience the wonder of flown-in cuisine and top quality.

It was not worth the money. The quality was good and the service was good, but nothing was excellent or mind blowing. I felt like I had over paid. Dinner in a strip mall, even flown in, isn't worth $200 for 9 pieces of sashimi and two Asahis.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Amazing flavors, excellent service, beautiful interior (don't be fooled by the location). Michelin-worthy experience.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Interesting spot, incredibly quiet,. I imagine the tasting menu for 135/person is the way to go (all at table must participate) -- but we went with the main menu. Sashimi and nigiri was incredibly overpriced, slices of fish were subpar. The wagyu (delicious) but at $15/piece probably not worth doing again. Entree we're good in size and flavor, delicious sauces and perfectly cooked fish.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Every dish was really amazing and completely exceeded expectation! Excellent atmosphere, nice and cozy serving. We were very very much happy and satisfied.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

I have been wanting to try this place but quite disappointed by the whole experience for a lunch costing $38 each person. There are far better restaurant in downtown Menlo Park for less than half the price with better ambience and service. There was really nothing especial about this place except for the name. The food could have made up for the shortcomings but although presentation was good taste was just average. Perhaps Dinner is better but don't want to find out for more money than what I paid for lunch.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

A lot going on in all the dishes. Tasty but uneven. And fois gras in broth destroyed it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

The omakase was simply amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

After a long break, this was the second visit to this restaurant. Everything seems to have shrunk from the size of the food to the level of service. The only exception was costs that increased considerably. I had Organic Baby Spinach which was mushed and tasteless with some slivers of carrot. For a main course, the Alaskan Black Cod was reasonable in taste but cut into micro pieces and with little else to go with it. Fortunately I also ordered rice. My wife had tempura which was reasonable in taste but portion was small. The uni that was was offered was disguised in shiso leaves and so little that you could not say how fresh it was. Service was abominable, particularly given that there were only four other customers in the establishment. I had to remind the waiter to bring beer which I ordered first. On the peninsula, this must be the kind of place that you pay a lot for very little.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Always top notch! They never disappoint. For Sushi lovers.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

It was way too expensive for the quality of the sushi. Cooked items were good but expensive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Minuscule portions for the price. Not worth it at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Divine, perfect food. I had the oshitashi, hijiki, and the black cod in miso with a bowl of rice. All perfect.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Not a good experience. The maguro tuna sushi was delicious but TINY piece. $7 PER PIECE. The cod was delicious, but my brother's steak came out AFTER we had finished our cod. The server even cleared one of our plates before he was served. His dish involved heating a sauce over a large leaf. The flame was not lit. Very disappointing. And zero recognition from waitress that the timing of our meal was terrible. The ambiance is bland - chipped tables, acoustic tiles in ceiling. Our bill for 4 people was $350. Ouch.

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